A former U.S. central pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he orchestrated an general cyber hacking operation to petiole hundreds of immature women and bluster them if they did not share intimately pithy material, a Justice Department said.
Michael Ford, 36, of Atlanta, Georgia, certified to regulating aliases from Jan 2013 to May 2015 to rivet in “sextortion” with his victims, many of them students during U.S. colleges, while employed by a U.S. State Department during a U.S. embassy in London, according to his indictment.
Ford’s intrigue enclosed posing as a technical support member from a obvious email association and promulgation phishing messages to thousands of intensity victims, according to a indictment, a Justice Department said. After receiving passwords Ford would penetrate into email and amicable media accounts in hunt of pithy photos and other personal information, such as home and work addresses, use information and sum about family members.
Ford afterwards used a hacked information he collected to strech out to victims and rivet in cyberstalking to direct additional intimately pithy material, such as videos of a women undressing in changing bedrooms during pools and stores, according to a Justice Department.
If victims refused to approve Ford would respond with sharpening threats that enclosed messages like “don’t worry, it’s not like we know where we live.” He posted pithy photos online or sent them to friends and family, a use infrequently referred to as “revenge porn,” if they did not cooperate.
Ford pleaded guilty on 9 depends of cyberstalking, 7 depends of mechanism hacking to extract and one count of handle fraud. The infancy of his rapist activity originated from his mechanism during a London embassy.
Ford’s counsel was not immediately accessible for comment.
(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Andrew Hay)